So how are things going for feminism? Well, last week, some feminists took one of the great achievements of human history — landing a probe from Earth on a comet hundreds of millions of miles away — and made it all about the clothes.
Yes, that's right. After years of effort, the European Space Agency's lander Philaelanded on a comet 300 million miles away. At first, people were excited. Then some women noticed that one of the space scientists, Matt Taylor, was wearing a shirt, made for him by a female "close pal," featuring comic-book depictions of semi-naked women. And suddenly, the triumph of the comet landing was drowned out by shouts of feminist outrage about ... what people were wearing. It was one small shirt for a man, one giant leap backward for womankind.
The Atlantic's Rose Eveleth tweeted, "No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt." Astrophysicist Katie Mack commented: "I don't care what scientists wear. But a shirt featuring women in lingerie isn't appropriate for a broadcast if you care about women in STEM." And from there, the online feminist lynch mob took off until Taylor was forced to deliver a tearful apology on camera.
It seems to me that if you care about women in STEM, maybe you shouldn't want to communicate the notion that they're so delicate that they can't handle pictures of comic-book women. Will we stock our Mars spacecraft with fainting couches?
Feminists try to make themselves sound like "strong, independent" women, but get offended and nearly swoon if someone whistles at them (probably doesn't happen much), cracks a joke, or wears a shirt with comic book women. They sound to me like a bunch of weenies. Quick! The smelling salts!
***Awesome vintage pictures.
The oldest known selfie (1839)
People posing next to the Statue of Liberty as it’s unpacked. (1886)
A “knocker-up” waking up clients – the early 20th century version of alarm clocks.
Before automatic pinsetters were invented, “pin boys” worked to manually line them up. (1914).
Lots more at the link.
***Here are 5 "No Firearms Allowed" businesses. Add Target to the list, also. While I respect their right as business owners to run their businesses as they see fit, I also will exercise my right as a citizen not to step foot in any of these establishments.
***D.C.'s hopelessly illegal abortion mandate. They're trying it again.
***We're screwed: Court awards New York strippers $10.8 million in back wages.
Dancers at a strip club are due more than $10 million in back wages and tips, a federal judge ruled Friday after the dancers sued to be paid at least a minimum wage. And additional claims are headed for trial in the class action case, meaning there ultimately could be further awards to roughly 1,900 women who worked at Rick's Cabaret in Manhattan between 2005 and 2012.
"We are very happy with the court's ruling," said the dancers' Minneapolis-based lawyer, E. Michelle Drake.
The club's owner, Houston-based RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc., said it planned to appeal and continue "vigorously defending the allegations."
Well, of course they were FORCED to work there.
***5-year-old passes Microsoft exam. Wow.
A boy from Coventry has become the youngest computer specialist in the world.Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant's exam when he was just five years old.
Ayan, now six, whose father is an IT consultant, has set up his own computer network at home.
He told the BBC he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day.
***One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. ~~ Helen Keller
***Have a great day!